Have you ever doubted your abilities or effectiveness as a witness? I’ll admit, I have. I want to discuss some misconceptions about sharing the Gospel that fuels fear in my heart and the hearts of others about witnessing. If you’ve struggled like I have with any of these, my intention is not to discourage you, but rather I pray you will be fully equipped to boldly take the Gospel of truth to the world.
Before reading on, I encourage you to read the first entries in this series. Click here to access them:
#4: You have to make the gospel sound good
Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel with someone? I have. I do. All the time. I feel pressured to get it 100% correct and so I feel nervous. This nervousness can come from several places, but one main reason for that feeling is we are afraid they won’t understand or like what they hear. We’re fear rejection because of our beliefs. It may be tempting to try craft our words or analogies in such a way that the Gospel sounds more appealing and maybe not so harsh.
This is the most dangerous misconception of all because when we change the main points of the Gospel, The Gospel loses its power. Paul is very clear on this issue in Romans 1:16. He makes the bold statement:
“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
The key phrase in this verse is he calls the Gospel “the power of God for salvation.” When we witness to someone, it more than just words we are speaking and sharing, we are literally becoming a channel of God’s power—we’re giving someone a spiritual truth that has the ability to alter their life, to alter their eternity.
The flip side is this: when we give a version of the Gospel that leaves out some of the truth of the Gospel (even the parts we know people won’t like), we offer them something that is half-hearted and filled with fear.
Apart from the Spirit of God revealing the truth of the Gospel to an individual, they can’t receive it any other way. The reason the watered-down Gospel “works” is because it appeals to a person’s fleshly nature, not to their spirit. Sadly, if someone accepts the Gospel because it sounds good to their flesh, then they really haven’t gotten it at all. We do them a great disservice by doing this.
Saving people is Jesus’ job. Our job is to be His witnesses. We see the power of the Gospel at work when we choose to believe it is powerful, exactly the way God intended it to be. This is spiritual wisdom that God can use to change people’s lives—to change people’s eternity.